Review: Everybody Wants Some!!
Director: Richard Linklater
By Sarah Stopforth
I can’t say a bad word about Richard Linklater. Linklater is the oyster, which gathers the minerals and creates a fucking pearl. Every. Damn. Movie.
Everybody Wants Some!! is the ‘spiritual sequel’ to Linklater’s 1993 coming-of-age-cult-classic, Dazed and Confused, a tale of the last day of high school in a Texan town in 1976, starring a then unknown ensemble cast, including Matthew ‘alright, alright, alright’ McConaughey and Ben Affleck. Since then, Linklater has made some other pearls like the Before trilogy, Boyhood and School of Rock.
Everybody Wants Some!! fast forwards to 1980 and not much has changed. The music is good (there’s an abundance of LP’s in the film, much to my personal joy), the fashion is good (those silky, collared button-ups were still in fashion apparently!), and everyone likes to party (!!).
The story follows college freshman, Jake (Blake Jenner), as he embarks on an adventure leading up to his first day of higher education; moving into the house he is sharing with his college baseball team (the most 80s boy’s boy non-frat-house ever).
The cast is filled fresh faces, which Linklater is famous for. Standout performances particular from Willoughby (Wyatt Russell) a stoner guy with much knowledge of the obscure and an abundance of wise advise, Finn (Glen Powell) the charismatic charmer who is the most welcoming of older brothers to leading man, Beverly (Zoey Deutch) Jake’s theatre major love interest with a penchant for Joni Mitchell, and Nesbitt (Austin Amelio) a bit of a weirdo who is definitely the most ‘Wooderson’ (Matthew McConaughey) of all the cast!
Everybody Wants Some!! is not a far cry from its stoner-cult-classic precedent Dazed and Confused, but is quite significantly more focused on brotherhood and the three B’s: Beer, Boobs and Baseball. In the end, Linklater just knows what he’s doing. He’s made a fun loving film, with an irresistibly foot tapping soundtrack, all with that undeniable Linklater depth…
Capturing those fleeting moments of human connection.